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Liszt: Complete Music for Solo Piano Vol 30 / Leslie Howard

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Overture zu Oberon, transcription for piano (after von Weber), S. 574 (LW A122)
>Liszt, Franz : Fantasia on 2 themes from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," S 697
>Liszt, Franz : Ernani
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434
>Liszt, Franz : Reminiscences de Boccanegra, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 438 (LW A314)
>Liszt, Franz : Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144
>Liszt, Franz : Reminiscences de Robert le diable
>Liszt, Franz : Les Adieux, Reverie sur un motif de l'opera Romeo et Juliette, transcription for piano (after Gounod
>Liszt, Franz : Schwanengesang & Marsch aus Hunyadi Laszlo, transcription for piano (after Erkel), S. 405 (LW A140)
>Liszt, Franz : Elsas Brautzug zum Munster, transcription for piano (after Wagner
>Liszt, Franz : Aus Lohengrin (2, I & II), transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 446 (LW A185)
>Liszt, Franz : Phantasiestuck uber Motive aus Rienzi, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 439 (LW A200)
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Notes & Reviews:

'Another valuable instalment in Howard's vast trek through Liszt's piano music' (Classic CD)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Liszt's operatic outings range from literal transcriptions, such as the opening Oberon Overture, to the most free fantasias, like that on motives from Rienzi at the end of the disc. The sequence is artfully planned to provide the maximum contrast between Liszt as lion and dove, with four of the 16 items earmarked as 'first recordings'. Of these, the Gounod Roméo et Juliette Rêverie is a tender, nocturne-like idyll that not for a second outstays its welcome. Liszt scholars may nevertheless be still more grateful for Howard's rescue of the other three, and first and foremost the nearly 22-minute long Fantasia on themes from Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. Though self indulgently protracted, its thematic inter weavings en route still take your breath away. With Verdi and Wagner we're on more familiar ground, where it goes without saying that Howard has formidable CD rivals. But throughout the disc there's a spaciousness in his characterisation that far more often than not compensates for momentary technical strain or loss of finesse. His tonal range is certainly wide, ranging from the deep, dark, brooding intensity he finds for the Ernani and Il trovatore excerpts to his translucent delicacy in the upper reaches of Gounod's Rêverie. Apart from a slightly metallic touch above a certain dynamic level in the treble, the recorded sound quality can best be described in a nutshell as ripe.



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Overture zu Oberon, transcription for piano (after von Weber), S. 574 (LW A122)
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Liszt, Franz : Fantasia on 2 themes from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," S 697
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 21 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Liszt, Franz : Ernani :: paraphrase de concert (I & II), for piano (after Verdi), S. 432 (LW A203)
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847-1849

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 :: paraphrase de concert (after Verdi), for piano, S. 434 (LW A187)
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Boccanegra, transcription for piano (after Verdi), S. 438 (LW A314)
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Liszt, Franz : Concert Etudes (3) for Piano, S 144 :: No 3, Valse de concert sur deux motifs
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1850

>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Robert le diable :: Cavatine, transcription for piano (after Meyerbeer), S. 412a (LW
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Liszt, Franz : Réminiscences de Robert le diable :: Valse infernale, transcription for piano (after Meyerbeer), S. 41
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Liszt, Franz : Les Adieux, Rêverie sur un motif de l'opéra Roméo et Juliette, transcription for piano (after Gounod
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867-1868

>Liszt, Franz : Schwanengesang & Marsch aus Hunyadi László, transcription for piano (after Erkel), S. 405 (LW A140)
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1847

>Liszt, Franz : Elsas Brautzug zum Münster, transcription for piano (after Wagner :: Lohengrin), S. 445/2 (LW A176/2)
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Liszt, Franz : Aus Lohengrin (2, I & II), transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 446 (LW A185)
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854-1861

>Liszt, Franz : Phantasiestück über Motive aus Rienzi, transcription for piano (after Wagner), S. 439 (LW A200)
  • Notes: 08/23/1993-08/27/1993
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859